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Introducing the CTR Flex Rubric
CTR's new tool for evaluating interactive media using an adaptable set of criteria
The Flex Rubric is CTR's new tool for evaluating interactive media using an adaptable set of criteria. Because a single set of criteria may not apply to all types of products, CTR has created an array of rubrics comprised of custom-picked Quality Attributes designed to fit various genres. These Quality Attributes can be weighted by the reviewer depending on the perceived importance of each criterion in any particular case. Publishers and CTR Subscribers can evaluate products with the Flex Rubric on CTREX to share their own opinions and become a part of the exchange. A custom rubric tool is also available to rate products using up to ten Quality Attributes.

Use this rubric to review tablets, laptops, chromebooks, monitors or other physical types of products.
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Sound control is an important feature for children's IM. Note that this attribute deals only with sound control and not sound quality.

A highly rated app gives both the child and the adult control over the sound, at any time. There are generally three independent sound channels: background music, sound effects tied to events in the interaction, and narration. Each can be controlled. Better designed experiences might also give you an "instant mute" option, which is ideal for social settings or classrooms.

A lower rated app gives you no control (it assumes you can use the volume controls on the device), or it gives you an all or nothing option. That means you might want to mute the background music, but it also removes the narration and/or sound effects as well.
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This item is subjective and should be used only when comparing products that are similar in price, platform and intention. Design features associated with quality can vary widely. It might be the ability to adjust sound or individualize the presentation for a specific child can increase the the overall value and meaningfulness of the experience for a child. Well designed products might be "smart" or can adapt to a child's ability or behavior. Other features might include
• Speech capacity, or text to speech.
• Scaffolding and help features, when appropriate.
• Sharing features -- including the ability to save work, save photos or print reports of progress.
• Record keeping of a child's past performance.
• Branching, meaning a fluid challenge that gets hard or easier depending on how the child does?
• The ability for a child to put their ideas into the experience.
• The ability to adjust or toggle sounds.
• Feedback that is customized in some way to the individual child.
• Teacher/parent options that are easy to find and use.

http://childrenstech.com/about/ratings#designfeatures
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How much does it cost vs. what does it do? This item is subjective and should be used to compare similar products with the same intention. You can also define "value" in terms of time or money. Complexity of downloading and installing can increase setup time increasing the overall cost, even if the initial download is $free. http://childrenstech.com/about/ratings#goodvalue
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This is a quality attribute that has a lot of room for interpretation. Make a list of three or four close competitors to this product and compare. If this is a plush toy, can it survive the Golden Retriever test, comparable to competitive products? If dropped and tossed around, will it still work? If it is a flying toy, can the rotors be replaced? If it is stepped on or a child sits on it, will is still work? Can you drop it down a staircase, without damage?
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Is there any risk posed to a child from this product? Risk infers parental or teacher worry. Might they accidentally disclose personal information? Is there a financial risk?
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The experience performs as intended, with no glitches or bugs.
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Use this QA for any product that uses batteries, either disposable or rechargeable. This is a quality attribute that has a lot of room for interpretation, so make a list of three or four close competitors to this product and compare. Is battery life more than, the same or less than the current competition. If Lithium ion, consider the amount of operation time on a full charge, charging speed, how conventional the charger is, and the durability of the connection.
If disposible, consider that 9 volt or 'D' batteries are much more expensive than AAs. Consider how long the batteries might last.
Notes: A Hexbug uses button cell batteries that can be expensive and dangerous -- they are pill sized and must be kept away from young children.
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